Rocket Restaurant Photography, London

I’ve just completed a busy shoot for Rocket Restaurants in London.  It’s a small chain of up market cocktail bars selling excellent food, great atmosphere and smart drinks. Based in Bishopsgate, Canary Wharf and the City, the interiors are sharp and cool, (as are the staff!) and the food modern and generous.  We had just two days to get a selection of photographs, so it was quick work…. natural light wherever possible, combined with simple and easy styling…. the results are great, and will look spot on in the new website.  Thanks to all the staff for the smiley faces and helpfulness!

Interiors, food and drinks at Rocket Restaurants, London

Interiors, food and drinks at Rocket Restaurants, London

 

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Beach details at Gara Rock, Devon

Wonderful weeks holiday in Devon, and a trip (in fact many!) to one of my favourite beaches in the South Hams, at Gara Rock.  Its all in the details… (its all in the family too… check out the beach and wave art on my sister’s site )

Beach detail Photography at Gara Rock, South Devon

Beach detail Photography at Gara Rock, South Devon

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Kitchen Photography in Cornwall

I have just spent a lovely couple of days in the company of ‘Richard Winfrey of Helston’, kitchen makers extraordinaire, photographing their work for the new website.  We were in and around the beautiful Lizard and Truro, and the seaside setting is an apt one for Richard, who trained as a boat builder.  The weather wasn’t amazing, but thats one of the skills of a good interior photographer… work with the light and turn it to your advantage!  The brilliant Richard Elwell of Elbury Design was there to style the shoot, and the equally brilliant Brush moved things along with aplomb…

Kitchen Photography in Cornwall for Richard Winfrey

Kitchen Photography in Cornwall for Richard Winfrey

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Warbler Leather Camera Straps

I am happy to announce that finally, Warbler Camera Straps are available through my new online shop… its taken me months to organise… designing the products, getting prototypes made, then checked, then redesigned… finding nice recycled packaging, making the website (thanks Shopify!), shooting the products, testing and more testing.  There are just three designs at the moment (more to come) and two different colours.  Please take a look and let me know what you think.  You can even follow Warbler on Twitter and Facebook… and of course, you can even BUY one! perfect Father’s Day gifts I think.  I have wanted to do this for ages (I have never really found the perfect strap for my many cameras and this led me on to make my own) and its a great relief to finally see the website up and running.  The straps are handmade by an artisan in Bristol, and we are therefore proud to say that these straps are ‘Made in England’!

Handmade Leather Camera Strap made by Warbler

Handmade Leather ‘Dartford’ Camera Strap made by Warbler

Handmade Leather Camera Strap made by Warbler

Handmade Leather ‘Whitethroat’ Camera Strap made by Warbler

Handmade Leather Camera Strap made by Warbler

Handmade Leather Camera Strap made by Warbler

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Homes and Gardens Photography in Dorset

Thanks Homes and Gardens for a great 10 page feature in this months magazine… lots of time and effort went into interior photography shoot (only three months ago!) so its good to see such a large spread for the house.  The owner is Henriette Von Stockhausen who is also partner in an interiors business, VSP Interiors… beautiful house, colourful and bold.  And a really nice lady…

Photography for Homes and Gardens in Dorset, July 2014

Photography for Homes and Gardens in Dorset, July 2014

This is a scan of the magazine, so I apologise for bad alignment!

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Cleve West at Chelsea Flower Show

Looking back into my picture library, I can see 12 years worth of Chelsea Flower Shows, and it’s become a regular feature of my early summer garden coverage.  Its also a good way to catch up with old friends and to see what favourite designers are up to.  Cleve West constantly impresses, and he’s become a must-see for me.  The gardens on ‘main avenue’ can be very ‘grand’, but what I love about Cleve’s designs are that they manage to be hugely impressive, without seeming to be beyond aspiration…. as the commentators are fond of saying, he ‘gives the visitors something they can take home with them’.  Cleve is obviously a real hands-on gardener (his allotment gardening is renowned), and he seems to be a really approachable chap… brilliant eye for colour and design, and his designs have great depth and feeling.  The Photography here goes back to 2005 and ends with this years garden… and you can see more of my garden photography here

Cleve West at Chelsea Flower Show

Photography of Cleve West garden designs at Chelsea Flower Show

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Tulips At Keukenhof

I visited Keukenhof recently to photograph the last of the tulips… it never fails to be brilliant there, and there’s always the added bonus of being near to one of the worlds great cities… Amsterdam… worth a trip.  And, here’s a rather lovely poem by a poet called A E Stallings… says it all…

 

The tulips make me want to paint,
Something about the way they drop
Their petals on the tabletop
And do not wilt so much as faint,
Something about their burnt-out hearts,
Something about their pallid stems
Wearing decay like diadems,
Parading finishes like starts,
Something about the way they twist
As if to catch the last applause,
And drink the moment through long straws,
And how, tomorrow, they’ll be missed.
The way they’re somehow getting clearer,
The tulips make me want to see
The tulips make the other me
(The backwards one who’s in the mirror,
The one who can’t tell left from right),
Glance now over the wrong shoulder
To watch them get a little older
And give themselves up to the light.

Firey colours of the Tulips at Keukenhof, The Netherlands
Firey colours of the Tulips at Keukenhof, The Netherlands

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Country Living Photography in Northamptonshire

Just photographed a really nice cottage in Northants for Country Living magazine… a very calm and relaxed shoot with Ben Kendrick the decorating editor.  Lots of soft, muted colours, old fabrics and great art… Penny German is an artist and she aims to paint a picture every day… check out her website for her latest works for sale. The house was warm and cosy, the sun was out, and spring had sprung.  Sometimes shoots just flow, and interior photography is a joy when its uncomplicated and easy…

Country Living Interior Photography in Northamptonshire

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Everything’s Gone Green

Everythings gone green (remember the song by New Order in the 1980′s?) in the lanes of south Devon… rich deep green, acid green, sage green, sea green, emerald green, neon green and bottle green… an ancient word, with the same root as ‘grene’ which is a Germanic word meaning ‘growth’ and ‘grass’.  Anyway, its all green here at the moment… beautiful green..

The Green lanes of Devon

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Self-Catering Photography in Cornwall

Just photographed this cute little place in St Ives last week… handy for the beach and perfect for a family.  This is Kittiwake Cottage and I shot it in half a day.  Luckily we had sun (a helpful ingredient when shooting a holiday house!) and the place was beautifully clean, tidy and up-together (thanks to Charlotte).. nice little half dayer ;-)

Photography of Self Catering house in Cornwall

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